A message from the Flint Institute of Arts’ Executive Director, John Henry

The FIA is the second largest museum in the state of Michigan and the fourth largest museum art school in the country. But more than that, it is your museum.

For more than 90 years, the Flint Institute of Arts has been committed to making art available, approachable, and accessible to all. This is accomplished through a broad range of exhibitions, programs, and events designed to provide ways to enjoy artwork in the galleries and art studios.

The FIA presents educational programs including lectures and community dialogues, art classes, educator workshops, and studio demonstrations for participants ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens; and more than 45 curriculum-based PreK-12 and homeschool programs serving more than 30,000 children each year. Films shown in the 330-seat FIA theater are selected to appeal to three distinct audiences: adults, college students, and senior citizens. Printed exhibition and collection catalogs, gallery guides, school brochures, audio guide entries, and online resources are provided to inform and enhance educational opportunities for the broadest possible audience. With the onset of COVID- 19, the FIA began providing live virtual lectures, a weekly email newsletter FIA @ Home, virtual films, and virtual puzzles for online visitors to enjoy.

The Art School runs at full capacity seven days a week and is dedicated to educational enlightenment through formal studio instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass blowing, and flameworking. The school also provides summer camps for youth, free family activities, and a pre-college portfolio development program for gifted high school students.

Visitors come to the FIA for many reasons: fun, relaxation, socialization, reflection, and intellectual stimulation. Through the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage, residents of Genesee County have the opportunity to visit free of charge and see first-hand what makes it so special, including the opportunity to view free glass blowing demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday. The Flint Institute of Arts isn’t just any museum, it’s your museum and we can’t wait to welcome you.

To learn more about the FIA visit flintarts.org or call 810.234.1695.

The FIA is open Monday – Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 1 PM – 5 PM. Admission is free for all Genesee County Residents.